With 21,000 route miles in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces, Amtrak operates more than 300 trains each day — at speeds up to 150 mph — to more than 500 destinations. Amtrak also is the operator of choice for state-supported corridor services in 15 states and for four commuter rail agencies.
Amtrak operates one shorter-distance train, the Heartland Flyer (daily Fort Worth-Gainesville-Oklahoma City) and two long-distance trains through Texas: The Sunset Limited (tri-weekly Orlando-New Orleans-Los Angeles via Houston, San Antonio, and El Paso)* The Texas Eagle (daily Chicago-Dallas-San Antonio with tri-weekly through car service via the Sunset Limited to Los Angeles). Amtrak has stops in 15 cities across Texas and underwent major improvements in 2013.
More than just a convenient way to travel, Amtrak is also energy efficient. Traveling by rail contributes less per passenger mile to greenhouse gas emissions than either cars or airplanes. According to U.S. Department of Energy data, Amtrak is almost 14 percent more efficient than domestic airline travel and 31 percent more efficient than auto travel on a per-passenger-mile basis.
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